Chevening Gurukul Fellowship

Applications for this fellowship are now closed.

The Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s flagship fellowship for India and has run for more than 20 years. The fellowship is aimed at young high-flyers and mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds with a strong and demonstrable leadership potential. The fellowship addresses issues faced by leaders in all fields and explores changing ideas and practices of leadership, looking at the implications of globalisation for Indian leaders. In September 2019, the University of Oxford with the Department of Politics and International Relations will commence running the 12-week Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence. 

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research and the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is renowned for the quality and diversity of its research and teaching excellence. Oxford is the world’s number one university according to the Times Higher Education Rankings for 2019.

Oxford's international profile rivals that of any university in the world, highlighted by the breadth and depth of its research collaborations and a truly global student body and academic staff.

Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central university and colleges. The central university is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries and museums. The 38 colleges are interdisciplinary academic communities, bringing together leading academics and students across subjects and year groups and from different cultures and countries.

About the fellowship

The Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence at the University of Oxford starts from the premise that as an economic powerhouse of the global economy, a growing leader in science and technology, and the world’s largest democracy, India is in a pivotal position to drive forward an effective and legitimate institutional international order to meet the emerging challenges to global integration.

Every year twelve selected Gurukul Fellows will be offered an intensive, eleven-week residential course at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford to study and address these challenges through three fundamental and interlocking components focussing on academic understanding, policy relevance and personal development.

This innovative programme will familiarise India’s future leaders with an understanding of the contemporary opportunities and challenges of global integration, the leadership skills to play a leading role in meeting them, and the knowledge to translate this into policy and practice.

Gurukul Fellows will be exposed to current issues and themes impacting global leadership, including:

  • Economics of global integration: growth, trade, regulation and deregulation
  • The role of science and technology: climate change, the internet, technological interconnectedness, cyber security
  • International governance and government of the nation-state: the UN, WTO and trade agreements, the European Union and Brexit
  • Social challenges of and to global integration: migration, refugees, inequality and intolerance
  • The new politics of support and opposition to global integration: nationalism and internationalism, security and conflict
  • Personal development and leadership skills

The course includes numerous site visits in the UK and Europe, researching and presenting on a public policy plan to be developed throughout the course, and a varied cultural programme designed to integrate Gurukul Fellows into the academic and cultural life of the University and Department, along with building their professional networks. 

What does this fellowship include?

Each fellowship includes:

  • Full programme fees
  • Living expenses for the duration of the fellowship
  • Return economy flight from India to the UK

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence you must:

  • Be a citizen of India and currently live in the country. You must not hold British nationality.
  • Have at least ten years’ work experience prior to applying
  • Be a mid-career professional with strong leadership potential in a wide range of sectors including state or central government, private sector, media, and civil society
  • Have a good working knowledge of English to be assessed by a qualified English language assessor
  • Have a postgraduate level qualification or equivalent professional training or work experience in a relevant area at the time of application
  • Agree to adhere to all relevant guidelines, requirements and expectations of the programme

Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR)

The study of politics, government and international relations at Oxford has a long and distinguished history. The department is proud to be recognised internationally for its rigorous and valuable research, as educators of leaders and professionals in a wide variety of fields and as trainers of the next generation of teachers and researchers.

About DPIR

The Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford is one of the largest units for research and teaching in international relations, politics, government and political theory. Our work is directed to advance these disciplines. We create theoretical frameworks for the analysis of new objects of study using advanced research methods and we develop techniques for gathering, handling, processing and analysing data. We achieved top scores in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, confirming the excellence of our research.

This focus on the future has a deep foundation in the inception of the disciplines of political science, history and philosophy in the UK. The study of government was institutionalised in Oxford in 1912 with the establishment of the Gladstone Chair in Government; the Chichele Chair in Social and Political Theory was established in 1944, and International Relations developed as an autonomous field of study with the establishment of the Montague Burton Chair of International Relations in 1930.

DPIR's vision

Political structures and processes have profound effects on the distribution of resources necessary for human life, on the degree of autonomy that human beings enjoy as they pursue their lives, and on people's capacities to live free from the threat of violence. Politics is at the heart of human life. Our vision is a world with a wider understanding of political power and process. This is what we study and this is what we teach.

How to apply?

Applications for this fellowship are now closed. If you have been conditonally selected, please familiarise yourself with the placement timeline.

Meet our current and past fellows

Find out more about our current and past Gurukul Fellows.